American Indian Heritage Day 2018


September 28, 2018

Join the Bullock Museum and Great Promise for American Indians in celebrating the 6th Annual American Indian Heritage Day!

Event Details

With House Bill 174, the Texas State Legislature named the last Friday in September American Indian Heritage Day, which recognizes the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to the state.

The day will feature a range of activities with dancing and drumming performances and interactive experiences for school groups during the morning and an evening program that celebrates the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Texas's American Indian groups.

School Groups

Introduce your students to the culture of Texas's American Indians through first-hand experiences. Call (512) 463-6712 or email to plan your field trip to this FREE program.

Please note:

Homeschool information: Homeschool groups are welcome on American Indian Heritage Day and may receive school group rates without assembling a group of 10. Make a field trip reservation here at least two weeks in advance in order to receive our school group rate of complimentary exhibition admission for teachers and students, regardless of the number of people in your group. Questions? Email or call (512) 463-6712.

Arriving at the Museum without a reservation? You are still invited to participate in the activities, which will be free with exhibit admission. Please visit the Ticketing counter upon arriving.

Parking information: The underground parking garage entrance is located on 18th Street on the south side of the Museum. The cost is $10 for full-day parking (no re-entry). On special days like American Indian Heritage Day, the garage can fill to capacity, more information here. We suggest carpooling with other families or using public transportation. Parking garages on the University of Texas at Austin campus, or nearby at the Texas State Capitol, are also within walking distance.

Educators: To receive CPE credit, email

Schedule of Events

Program for School Groups and Museum Visitors
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Discover the diversity of native groups that have called Texas home and find out more about groups currently living in Texas. Learn about cultural traditions including storytelling, clothing decoration, art creation, and food preparation at hands-on activity stations.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Dancing and drumming performances by Great Promise for American Indians in the Museum lobby.

Public Celebration
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas's American Indian groups. This FREE public program will honor American Indians of yesterday and today, with dancing and drumming performances.

6:00 p.m. -- Doors open. Explore the exhibition Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic.

6:30 p.m. -- American Indian Heritage Day program begins.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.